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We are committed to improving population health and health care systems

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO'S Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health brings together our call as a Jesuit institution to go to the frontiers of education, research, and practice, and help people who live at the margins.

An established leader in health care education with the Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health draws on those strengths to address today’s public health challenges and train the next generation of experts in public health, health systems and informatics, dietetics, exercise science, and medical laboratory science.

Flexible degree programs as well as certificates in applied health sciences, health informatics and data science, health care administration, and public health meet student, community, and industry needs. The Parkinson School includes programs for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as career professionals who seek additional skills or a career change. Innovative and accessible program formats for adult learners along with traditional undergraduates include online instruction and hybrid learning programs on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus and Lakeshore campuses. Insight into the student experience.


Loyola’s Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health will draw on the expertise of Loyola’s nationally recognized Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.


Programs transferring from the schools of nursing and medicine to the School of Health Sciences and Public Health already have impressive alumni working in the Chicagoland area and beyond to further the Loyola mission of caring for the whole person, or cura personalis. They share how Loyola has shaped their career, education, and teaching:

Exercise Science

Allison Rydberg, 2015 Exercise Science program graduate, is currently in Arizona, working as a physical therapist on an Apache reservation where Allison grew up. “I had the opportunity to go on some service immersion trips and do some retreats, and growing in that way during my college experience was a big reason. I knew I found fulfillment and enjoyment in serving underserved populations.”

Healthcare Administration

Current Healthcare Administration senior Afshan Hussain already knows how her degree will help her career after graduation. She interned for Miracle Medical Center, a community-based health care center. “I’ve been able to understand the gaps in our health care system and the health inequity in our immediate community on a personal level by assisting at the clinic,” says Hussain. “By taking patient vitals, hearing patient life stories, and comforting patients, I learned the urgency of attending to vulnerable populations.”


Community and local partnerships are a major cornerstone of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health. Dietetics alumna Mary (D’Anza) Mora, RDN, CDE ’02, is a project director with Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H), a community-based coalition comprised of Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System, and other partners who collaborate to improve health equity in Chicago’s near west suburbs. “We know that a lot of health issues are within communities that don’t have fresh, affordable produce, and this is a food equity issue,” says Mora. “I feel less like a registered dietitian and more like a social justice worker.”

Public Health Sciences

When COVID-19 broke out in March 2020, Chloe Cavida (MPH '17) and Ryan Sachs (MPH '17) found themselves on the frontlines of the pandemic at the McHenry County Health Department. Using the knowledge and skills they acquired at Loyola, Ryan and Chloe played an instrumental role in helping the community adapt and respond by utilizing predictive modeling to track outbreaks. “We both entered the field of public health because we wanted to make a difference,” says Sachs. “Loyola helped instill in us the passion to help where we can and do what we need to do.”

Clinical Lab Sciences

Some of the most vital work of a health care team occurs in laboratories that patients never see. Medical laboratory scientists help doctors and health care professionals diagnose and treat patients. These skilled professionals are “laboratory science practitioners who each play a vital role in the health care system, managing and applying evidence-based, scientific testing that supports patient care and protects against public health threats,” says Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, graduate program director and assistant professor, Stritch School of Medicine.


MAY 15, 2019 Robert L. Parkinson Jr. (BBA ’73, MBA ’75) and Elizabeth (Betty) (BS ’75) are engaged alumni who believe in Loyola’s mission. Loyola is recognizing the Parkinsons’ commitment and generosity by naming its new school the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health. The gift will create student scholarships, the dean’s endowment for strategic initiatives, and the Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Parkinson was chairman of Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees. The Parkinsons have supported an array of University projects and initiatives, including service on the Quinlan School of Business Board of Advisors, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Student Life, and the Stritch School of Medicine Annual Award Dinner Committee. Mr. Parkinson was the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., former president and COO of Abbott Laboratories, and dean of Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business from 2002 to 2004. He received the 2001 Quinlan School of Business Distinguished Leadership Award.

"Bob and I believe that access to quality health care is a right, and good health is the foundation for strong families, individuals, and communities." Elizabeth Parkinson
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See how our graduates will change health care

The health care work force of the future depends on professionals with specific skills across a range of disciplines. Parkinson School graduates will have the knowledge required to improve patient and population health and minimize health inequities.